As Christians, our focus should not be on the many negatives that this broken world offers (and there are plenty if that is what you are looking for). The psalmist aptly states, “And now, Lord, what wait I for? My hope is in thee” (Psalms 39:7). This Christmas let’s reflect on where our hope should be placed.
Hope in His Payment
As Americans, we are known for our debt driven society. One of every seven Americans have and use ten or more credit cards. Yet, what we all are worthy of is spiritual death and separation from God in a terrible place called Hell. Romans 6:23 states, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” We deserve death, yet God offers spiritual life to all who come to Him. Romans 10:13 promises, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” We can rest on His promise and place our hope in His payment.
Hope in His Presence
The supposed “safety” of corporate jobs is gone. The foundation of the American family is crumbling. Over one million children yearly experience the divorce of their parents. A sense of community and of being a good neighbor is largely absent in our post-modern, self-absorbed society. Yet, just as it is always darkest just before dawn, we can rest on the promise of His presence. Hebrews 13:5 promises, “For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Families may split up, jobs may be lost and careers ruined, friendships can fade and even become hostile. Yet the one constant you can always rely on is the presence of God. His Word is faithful. His promises are true.
Hope in His Plan for Your Life
Our culture has created an illusion of what can be attained personally. You will never be thin enough, tan enough, funny enough, rich enough, attractive enough, stylish enough, or worth enough in the eyes of this world. Following the trends of this world will not lead to contentment or peace. You will always come a little shy of the elusive happiness that is promised so convincingly by our secular world. There is an alternative. God loves you with all of your flaws and faults. He knows you better than you could ever know yourself. He cares enough about you to offer a plan for your life that will make you complete. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11). Following the plan that God has for your life will not always be easy, but contentment, peace, fulfillment, and purpose will be the end result if you do.